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Human Capitalism

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
What explains the growing class divide between the well educated and everybody else? Noted author Brink Lindsey, a senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation, argues that it's because economic expansion is creating an increasingly complex world in which only a minority with the right knowledge and skills--the right human capital--reap the majority of the economic rewards. T ...more
ebook, 116 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Princeton University Press (first published August 1st 2012)
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Laurie Neighbors
I don't think Brink Lindsey gets out much.
Joseph
Jun 06, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short (but dense at times) read that gives even handed, thoughtful comments on why inequality is increasing and well explored ideas on what can or can not be done about it. Really enjoyed the comments/arguments about nurture versus nature in predicting how socieconomic status passes from one generation to the next.
Ward
Aug 26, 2012 Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
An interesting even-handed take on the rise of inequality and the decrease in social mobility since the mid-70's. The rising skill level required of work with the increasing value given to education in abstract reasoning, and the different parenting practices by class have led to greater differences in success. His prescription of solutions for the problems are less persuasive.
Stephen Conschafter
Nice insights!

I'm not a libertarian (like the author) but I found a lot of interesting points in his argument. Though some of his solutions may be lacking he did a great job at describing one of the biggest issues of our day - how the human species is diverting into two unequal groups.
Tom Statton
May 05, 2015 Tom Statton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A short book that lays out the economic need for human skills in abstract thinking, persistence, delay of rewards for future goals, etc., against the cultural resistance to these skills by lower income groups. He gives thoughtful solutions which do not include moral bashing. Very thoughtful, well researched with good notes, and evenly balanced.
Jason
May 14, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An accessible account of the benefits and challenges of growth, synthesizing some of the leading research from economics and sociology, by an unconventional libertarian. I enjoyed listening to this on Audible.
Tim
Nov 21, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brink Lindsey is a great writer, always challenging us to think about things in a new way that seems obvious only afterwards. That's the mark of a wise man.
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This book explains, very convincingly, that there will not be enough work for everybody in the future.
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An absolutely masterful weaving together of economics, sociology, and public policy.
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